On 16 November 2015, Gabriela Kennedy hosted a round table discussion for the International Institute of Communications (IIC) Hong Kong Chapter on “’The ‘Right to be Forgotten’: Its Global Implications and the Potential for Hong Kong Law”, at Mayer Brown’s office. The event was attended by representatives of major technology, media, telecommunications companies including AT&T, Cisco, Fox International Channels, PCCW/HKT Limited, Turner International Asia Pacific Ltd and TVB.

The discussion explored the landmark decision delivered by the European Court of Justice affirming the “Right to be Forgotten”, in May 2014, and its legal and policy implications across Asia and globally, where debates have intensified about the merits of the “Right to be Forgotten” following cases recently brought in Hong Kong and Japan. The discussion addressed some of the questions that are being raised such as whether the “Right to the Forgotten” is likely to be enacted in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions in Asia, and how the debate on the “Right to be Forgotten” will impact other areas of Internet policy.

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